May this be a good year for us all!
|The long stems are green: with black, and touches of red - to reflect the colours in the petals.|
|I thought a nice dramatic black centre would be just right. And, when you finish your wine, a bloom will be staring right back at you.|
|I signed them all, on the reverse of the bottom|
- there, but not in-your-face ;)
|Where's the wine, already?!|
|Isn't this the cutest snowman ever? Hahahah. My daughter gave him to me, for Christmas years ago.|
I painted that poinsettia, and the paint isn't quite dry, as can be seen. I just free-handed the outline in gold,
and when it was dry, I filled in the red, and then the green.
|Another side of the same fabric box (from Ikea), with holly, this time.|
|This is the one-stop-centre at my home: everything gets chucked here: handbags, car keys, money, sunglasses, everything!!! It has|
a life of its own, and will be weighed down with stuff, and beg to be cleared. Let's see how long it stays this way . . . .
|I love these big, red balls! I've also got a couple of green ones, here, but they hiding ;)|
|This wooden soldier is my mum's, and he stood sentry at her place,|
until she moved in with me a few years ago. He says he's happy
to stand guard near my radio, cd player, and never-used-tv!
|SO: the 'real' reason I was so enthusiastic about painting Christmas-y stuff, was to finish up my gold-glitter paint. Even after all|
the projects I'd thought of, I still had some left in the bottle. I found this box (Ikea again, how ever did you guess?!!!), and decided
to free-hand this design until I was down to the last drop :)
|It now will sit pretty on the table int my reading corner - just inside the door, next to me rocking chair!|
|This was the first project I did, actually: the placemats, for Chuan and me. I free-handed the outlines, and then decided that|
I would only fill in the green and the red. Otherwise, it would be overkill, I think. See those wispy bits? I was going for
those christmas-tree-type spiky leaves. I think I failed miserably here :(
|The two placemats I did: and we'll be eating off them - on plates, of course! - tonight, and all through the Christmas season. They are really very easy to|
look after: just pop them in the washer, and then the dryer, and they're clean again, and good to go!
|My doodly pig!!! Chuan gave me this pig, with paints, a lonnnnnnng, lonnnnng time ago, for Christmas. I never got round to painting|
it, poor thing. Yesterday, when I wanted to - the paints were all hard as stone. Surprise! Surprise!
|A view of its other side ;)|
|And there it is, sitting pretty on a dresser :)|
|Just finished, but not yet top-coated - on my untidy desk!|
|Not my best picture, eh - taken with the flash off, and in the room light.|
|I'm keeping this one small, because it is the only one I have, |
but it's so blur. Sigh. It's the 'before' shot, yennyways,
and they always look like this :(
That's TOFFEE, btw
|Two shots of it - above and below - with my other two girls: Jolie and Bella.|
It's dry and ready to be sat on :)
|And the close-up, warts and all . . . .|
I painted this is ordinary acrylic paint. I didn't bother with the fabric medium because, I felt, this didn't need to feel soft. For the same reason, I didn't rush out and get fabric paint.
When I'd finished, I let it dry over night, and when it was completely dry, I put it in the dryer to set. It could've been ironed on the wrong side to 'set' as well - but the dryer is the easier option for me.
It will wash normally, and be just fine. I know. Because I have a tee-shirt blouse that I painted months ago, and it's still bright and chirpy after many, many washing-machine washes, and drying in the dryer.
Fabric painting is different, and the techniques I needed to use were also different. So, I did enjoy doing this piece :)
|King's Cross St Pancras|
|a detail on a column|
|It's cold, and the leaves are turning to yellow and gold - except in this|
|The view from atop a hill, looking down on Lyon|
|These details - above and below - are for me, and my doodly-art ;)|
|A sneaky pix of the inside while mass was being sung. We were there for about|
five minutes. Brought back a lot of old memories of church-going-times for me.
|The clear-blue skies of Lyon, on Sunday, were amazing.|
|It was tough getting down the huge steps; but a lot tougher climbing back up|
to the top.
|Roses, and rose-hips, growing right in the centre of town|
|A decent shot of the basilica, atop the hill, from Vieux Lyon|